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Oct 29, 2012
I have never used this blog for anything political and I hesitate to do so now - except - this was such an eye-opener for me that I felt the need to share it. The Gospel Coalition published an excellent article asking why only pro-life candidates are questioned about their stand on abortion. They suggest in the article 10 thoughtful questions that pro-choice candidates should be asked. I'd love to hear the responses. I think they would tell us much about the candidates. Why should only one side of a debate be required to justify their stance on any issue? Bravo to The Gospel Coalition for making us think!
Oct 25, 2012
The Marshal's PromiseThe Marshal's Promise by Rhonda Gibson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book because the premise is good, the conflict is good, it should have been a good story. Instead the writing is flat, the characters are flat, the dialog was modern, and the facts are... not well researched. Does Love Inspired have an editor anymore?

For instance, the struggling town seamstress has 2 sewing machines in New Mexico Territory in 1885. Household sewing machines were not marketed in the U.S. 1889. They certainly weren't available in the territories before then. Even one would not have been in the budget of a struggling town seamstress. I only made it about 40 pages in. One of the few books I won't finish.

It has been pointed out - nicely - to me that some home sewing machines may have been out west during this time frame. My sources were admittedly old, so I did a very quick Internet search. If they were out there, they would have been very expensive so a struggling seamstress owning a pair is still exceedingly unlikely - but technically possible.
Oct 22, 2012
The Widow of Saunders Creek: A NovelThe Widow of Saunders Creek: A Novel by Tracey Bateman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gripping story! If you enjoy a love story woven through with some spiritual warfare... here's your book. I couldn't put it down - except for the night my husband wasn't home. I was getting creeped out by the spiritual warfare going on in the story and had to shut the pages for the night. He was home the next night and I finished the whole book! Creepy? Yes. Realistic? Yes. Happily ever after? Yes!
Oct 17, 2012

There comes a point in each parent’s life when their precious little boy or girl becomes – a teenager. It should be pointed out that “teenager” is not necessarily a chronological age. It can be more correctly defined as a growth-induced attitude. Everyone who has experienced a teenager under their roof understands this.
During this time of teenagerism, thoughts enter the parent’s head, swirling in previously uncharted gray matter. “Is this what the human race has been reduced to?” “Our future is in the hands of. . .this?” “Perhaps humans should no longer be allowed to reproduce.”
Such thoughts – rest assured – are completely normal. They are a healthy response to the particularly annoying stimuli introduced during teenagerism. After all, when we were that age we never. . .(fill in the blank and stuff your memories in the drawer).
When we are forgiven our sins and washed clean by the blood of Jesus, we are adopted into the family of God. We become His children. His children. Not His adults. And every child must progress on into teenagerism.
When God asks you to step up and clean the church, do you whine about taking out the garbage? When God asks you to help a neighbor mow their yard, do you whine about how hot it is? When God asks you to take a meal to a hurting family, do you whine about the afternoon spent cooking instead of relaxing? Or do ignore His voice altogether? Ever wonder if God looks down and yearns for the day when we no longer reproduce?
When our teenagers behave at or above our expectations – how our parental pride soars! Make your Heavenly Father’s pride soar this week. (Don’t make him count to three!)
Oct 12, 2012
Veil of PearlsVeil of Pearls by M.L. Tyndall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Veil of Perils is MaryLu Tyndall at her best! Very deserving of a 5 star rating. MaryLu tackles the difficult subject of slavery in an innovative way.

Adalia Winston is a slave, but only 1/4 black, she can pass for a white person. When she escapes from Barbados and sails to Charleston, she does just that. She is content to work as a physician's assistant and enjoy her freedom until Morgan Rutledge enters her life. Charmed by both Morgan and the lifestyle he lives, she craves acceptance. When her world comes crashing down, she learns the meaning of faith.

I highly recommend this one!

Oct 6, 2012
Critical CareCritical Care by Candace Calvert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book.  I don't watch doctor TV shows or read many books about doctors, but this one intrigued me enough to crack open the cover.  Inside I found a delightful romance surrounded by some heart-stopping drama, deep character issues, and a one-eared cat.  No spoilers here, but if you like romance with a thread of faith, you'll like this story.
Oct 3, 2012

Have you ever asked a teenage check-out girl at a convenience store for directions? I did recently and it went something like this:

“You like, go down this way and like, no wait. Let me think. You can go that way and. . .I don’t know, like I haven’t been there in ages. Wait a minute, now I remember,” she flapped her hands erratically around her head. “You don’t turn, just like, go straight until you see this old building.” She stopped and stared at me, as if to discern my ability to comprehend.

“Which old building?” I asked.
 
“You know.”

“If I knew, I wouldn’t be asking.”

“But, like, everyone knows that one,” she said with a huff and an Olympic 10.0 roll of the eyes.

Defeated, I walked out and spied an older gentleman in worn denim jeans and work boots. He leaned against a faded blue pickup truck, filling it with gas. I asked him for directions. He pointed down the street and said:

“Two blocks down, take a left, and it’s half a mile past the fire station.”

Simple. Clear. Helpful.

The ways of the Lord are impossible for us to understand. His ways are higher than ours ways in all ways. So Christ made it simple. He pared down His sacrifice and gift of redemption into something our finite minds could comprehend. Bread and drink. We understand that without bread and drink we can’t survive. His body, His blood. . .without these we can’t survive for eternity. What a simple way to explain the unexplainable.